Aug 10, 2013

Book Review: Temptation - Karen Ann Hopkins

Title: Temptation (Temptation #1)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Release Date: June 26th 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: signed copy won from author
Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say.
But I love Noah.
And he loves me.
We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms.
It should be
forever, easy.
But it won't be.
Because he's Amish.
And I'm not.
The story of the star-crossed lovers has never failed to fascinate me. What hurdles are standing between them? Will they end up together? These questions propel me to keep reading, and my eyes were certainly glued to Temptation.

The immediate attraction between Rose and Noah was really cute. Some might see it as insta-love, but these characters were smart enough to avoid just that. But with every stolen glance and touch, the feeling of foreboding increased. Them being together forever seemed impossible, but their circumstance just made me root for them all the more.

Learning about the ways of the Amish is an inevitability with this book, what with that being the biggest obstacle between Rose and Noah, and I now know enough to be able to say that I would never want to be one. Sure, it's nice to live simply and unwind every once in a while, but to completely rebuke technology forever? Never happening for this city girl.

Even with their lack of experience in relationships, I certainly appreciated how Rose and Noah were both smart and mature, knowing just what they'd be giving up by being together. On one hand, if Rose decided to become Amish, she'd have to leave behind the comfortable life she'd been accustomed to. On the other, if Noah were to turn his back on the Amish ways, he'd have nowhere to go, no education to rely on, no family to run to. The odds truly weren't in their favor, and they both knew that their love wouldn't keep them alive, that huge sacrifices had to be made.

But them being teenagers, they were bound to make me facepalm at least once. Rose had a "Bella during New Moon" phase, and Noah had bouts of possessiveness that had my—and, thankfully, Rose's, too—feminist hackles up, but they were brought about by his upbringing so I let that slide.

Family is also a big part of this story. Rose's and Noah's relationships with theirs were endearing and heartwarming. They weren't perfect, as no family truly is, and that just benefited the story, teaching us that for better or for worse, family is family.

Sweet, sexy, and romantic, Temptation isn't just a love story. It's also a coming-of-age story, but one that's far from being finished, because there's still plenty of growing up for the characters to do in the sequels.

MY FAVORITE PART is Rose and Noah's first secret ride together ♥


About the author:
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.


  1. There's something about impossible or forbidden love stories that always appeals to me. I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Kazhy! I hope you will like the sequel just as much. :)

  2. I loooooooooooooove this book. I really, really do. Seriously though. Great review!


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